Around my house it begins to look a lot like Christmas shortly after Halloween. Not that I don't love Thanksgiving, I do. It's just that for me, more preparation goes into Christmas than Thanksgiving. And yes, I am one of those people who have their Christmas shopping completed by the first week of November and the Christmas cards all addressed and ready to mail too.
I love this time of year and embrace it fully and stretch it out for as long as I can. So, as I was taking down some of my labeled, boxed Christmas decorations from the garage—actually my husband Rick did most of the heavy lifting--I sorted through some of my favorite Christmas DVD movies.
I had almost forgotten about the 2004 made for TV movie, "Christmas at Water's Edge" It's a terrific family movie with a sentimental and heartwarming message about the real meaning of Christmas.
Real Estate mogul Michael Turner (Richard Lawson, "For Colored Girls") can give his family most everything money can buy. And while that's very nice, his wife (Janet Hubert, "TV's "House of Payne") and their two teen kids, Leila (Keisha Knight Pulliam, little Rudy of "The Cosby Show") and Alberto (Ray J, TV's "The Ricky Smiley Show"), wish that he would also spend more time with them.
Alberto admires his father, but he really doesn't want to follow in his footsteps and become a businessman, even though he has a good shot at attending Harvard Business School. Alberto has his sights set on a career in the music industry.
Leila is pretty spoiled and believes Christmas is all about designer gifts. She slowly comes around when she meets a mysterious angel in training named Tre (Pooch Hall, TV's "The Game" and "Jumping the Broom").
It's not long before Leila discovers what may be her calling in life. She likes working with troubled teens at a home run by Harry (the late Tom Bosley, "Happy Days") and spends so much time there that she seldom hangs out and shops with her friends anymore.
When Leila learns that her father is about to raze the teen facility to build an upscale development in its place, it forces her to act quickly and try to save it.
Much to Leila and Tre's surprise, they discover that many of the teens are extremely talented singers. They launch a fund-raising musical concert to raise awareness of the group home and hope that their efforts, some divine intervention and the spirit of Christmas will help save it.
If you're looking to add to your Christmas movie collection, "Christmas at Water's Edge" is a recommended and special holiday treat.